Easily Confused Words: Roadie vs. Roti

Roadie and roti are easily confused words.

The spell-check application of most word processing software programs would not catch a slip-up of these two words. Spell-check is looking for words that aren’t in its dictionary, and words that resemble words in its dictionary but are possibly spelled wrong. Spell-check isn’t perfect. It doesn’t know and can’t guess what word you wanted or what word you meant, it can only judge the words on the page. If you used words that are all spelled correctly, it gives you a pass anyway.

Autocorrect suggests words that start with the same letters. It’s suggesting what word you may want to save time, but quite often, its suggestions are pretty off base. They don’t help you out, but they do make you laugh.

Roadie is a slang word used by musicians who tour and perform live. Roadies set up the stage and lighting and tune instruments. They are probably asked to perform any other duties to assist the musicians as needed.

Roti is an Indian flatbread enjoyed in Gujarat and in the Indian diaspora around the world. The link is one recipe featuring coriander spice.

The following story uses both words correctly:

Roderick had been a roadie for 30 years, but assisting a vegetarian band was a whole new adventure. In addition to setting up for each show, he got roped in to locating places to eat after each show. Fortunately the band performed at US college campuses, where vegetarian spots that served bean burritos and rotis weren’t too hard to find.


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